There be Monsters is the second short horror story collection of a triptych I plan to complete. Although it’s more or less about monsters it is also up to you to decide which the real ones are.
Starting off this collection is In the Wake of Uncle Zim. This story is in the same vein as Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart but with a little extra flavor and exaggeration. The rituals and bizarre superstitions in funeral wakes are enough to make one fear the unknown but none is as frightening as the thought that the dead might actually come back as the undead.
Met a moth today,
it was breathing its last breath
in the wayward wind
Not bad for a book that was long-listed in the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2015. (https://shortstoryireland.com/2015/04/29/frank-oconnor-longlist-2015-announced/)
One of the stories, Best Kept Secret, received an honorable mention from L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest for the 1st quarter 2014 (https://julyaoui.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/writers-of-the-future-2014/) and was selected for Cerpen Terbaik 2014.
And now Here be Nightmares won the 3rd prize for Popular-The Star Readers’ Choice Awards.
Thanks to Amir & Fixi Novo for the making it real.
I don’t know about you but I feel blessed and honored
to be able to see and hold such an amazing creature.
Only the green in
us will grow into monsters
not Mother Nature’s